Middle East Egypt Region's government officials and Bill Gates to meet in Cairo
Region's government officials and Bill Gates to meet in Cairo
Modernization, education and economic development set to top the agenda at Egyptian government's Government Leadership Forum Arabia; Gates to meet region's software development community in Microsoft Developers Conference 2004
Sunday, January 11, 2004
Cairo, Egypt

Bill Gates, chairman and chief architect for Microsoft Corporation, is set to meet with Middle East government officials and top businesses, during the Government Leadership Forum Arabia (GLF Arabia). The event will be held under the auspices of the Egyptian President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, and will be hosted by Dr. Atef Ebid the Egyptian Prime Minister on January 24, 25th.

Emre Berkin, vice president for Microsoft Europe Middle East and Africa, said:" Our chairman's visit to Cairo translates directly into the ongoing commitment of Microsoft to the Arab World and the ICT agendas of its governments and businesses"

The Government Leadership Forum is an annual Microsoft event that brings together representatives from governments around the world to discuss how countries are streamlining service delivery and empowering their citizens through the use of information technology. The forum, held for the first time in the Middle East in Cairo, will focus on 'Modernizing Government', 'Economic Development' and 'Education'. Gates is expected to meet government officials and top businesses driving information, community and technology agendas in the region. Gates is also expected to deliver the closing Key note of GLF Arabia.

Gates will also deliver the keynote speech at "Microsoft Developers Conference 2004", an annual forum that brings together developers from around the world to exchange and share expertise, ideas and learn about new technologies.

"Through our 16 offices across the Arab World, Microsoft has constantly delivered technologies and programs tailored to the educational, social and development needs of local communities," said Berkin. "Bill's visit is intended to explore current and future modernization, development and educational objectives set by governments and businesses and explore opportunities where Microsoft can continue delivering on its social obligations to the region."

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft opened its Dubai-based Middle East office in 1991. Microsoft today has four subsidiaries in the Middle East region: Microsoft Gulf which oversees Microsoft activities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman and Yemen, Microsoft Arabia covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Microsoft Egypt and Microsoft North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan that oversees Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine Territories and Pakistan.

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Microsoft Middle East's Web site is: www.microsoft.com/middleeast

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